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Wavefrom Editors for a G4?

Brendan Pezzoli

Hey everybody, Im wondering if anyone knows of a waveform editor for a G4 other than Bias Peak possibly a good onr that is shareware? haha! yeah right but even if it isnt let me know i would greatly appreciate it.
January 12, 2004 @08:10pm
David Klausner

Hello Brendan, welcome to the forums! The two major waveform editors for the Mac are Peak from BIAS and SparkXL from TC Electronic. There may very well be some decent shareware applications out there, but I'm afraid I don't know a specific one. Was there a particular feature that Peak was lacking that you were looking for?
January 12, 2004 @09:20pm
Brendan Pezzoli

Thank You very much for the reply David. There was nothing wrong with Peak persay, its just that I don't have a two-track waveform editor for my mac and i need one. I can't afford the full version of Peak right now and that is why i dont have it already. A new question that i have for you is this though...they make a Peak lite now, a scaled down version of the regular Peak. Do you have any idea what it is capable of. For instance, can you import two mono tracks and make them a stereo file and normalize them and do fades, etc., etc.?If so I will probably pick that up, and also how is that Tc program? is it as good as Peak. Ive worked with Peak before on another computer and i think it is a great program.Thank You Again and have a great day.
January 15, 2004 @05:24pm
David Klausner

You can view a chart showing a comparison of the different features in Peak at:
and you can download trial versions of them at:
The demo for SparkXL can be downloaded at:
I personally use SparkXL, mostly because the interface seems more logical for the way that I think, but I think the feature set is very comparable
January 15, 2004 @05:42pm

And conversely, I get along much better with Peak. I have Spark as well, and both programs are very good and quite powerful, but Peak just jived with my sensibilities better.
I also have a hard time getting along with Logic Audio, and Spark seems to have a similar methodology and layout behind it. Peak seems to come more from the Digital Performer/Pro Tools side of the brain, which incidentally are the two DAWs I use every day.
Try both. Pick one. Either is a fine program.
January 15, 2004 @06:10pm

I was a Spark user under OS9. Now Ive gone to OSX and because TC no longer support Spark (A real shame!!!!) I did the crossgrade off to Peak and I must say that overall I'm much more satisfied using Peak than Spark.
I liked the clear regions view for easily creating CD playlists in Spark but many of the other features are more comprehensive in Peak (particularly the amount of options available for offline processing) plus I think that the Pitch shifting is better than in SPark and the way Peak saves files is much more elegant.
Spark also caused a lot of grief for me under OS9 causing itself and even Protools LE to crash many times. Once I uninstalled Spark the probs went away! :).
I need to bo on the Bias website and order the printed manual as I must admit to hating reading files on a computer monitor!!!!!
Personally I'd go for a version of Peak rather than Spark mainly because it's still being supported.
August 10, 2004 @04:33am